The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations can understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Through exhibits, multimedia experiences, and thousands of personal accounts, the Museum takes visitors on an immersive tour of World War II in every theater of war.
A world of history awaits your discovery—welcome to your WWII journey.
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion
Start your visit in the Museum’s original pavilion, which features the institution’s newest permanent exhibit that tells the story of the war experienced on the Home Front. The building also includes the Museum's original D-Day exhibit, macro-artifacts, special temporary exhibits, and the L.W. "Pete" Kent Train Car Experience—the perfect place to begin your journey into the WWII story.
Opened June 2017 in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front tells the story of the road to war and the Home Front, drawing on personal narratives and evocative artifacts to highlight facets of WWII-era American life through an experiential narrative.
Remembered Light: Glass Fragments from World War II, the McDonald Windows is a collection of 25 art pieces produced by Atelier Le Roux in Oakland, California, using shards of glass from damaged and destroyed European churches collected during World War II by the late US Army Episcopal chaplain Frederick McDonald.
Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters
Follow in the footsteps of the citizen soldier in 360-degree displays that take visitors through key settings in World War II. The galleries serve as an immersive timeline and provide a servicemember's view of the war.
Solomon Victory Theater
See, hear, and feel the epic story of World War II in the exclusive 4D experience Beyond All Boundaries, narrated by Tom Hanks.
Beyond All Boundaries, showing exclusively in The National WWII Museum’s Solomon Victory Theater, is a 4D journey through the war that changed the world. This Museum-produced experience is narrated by executive producer Tom Hanks, with Phil Hettema serving as show producer and creative director. Beyond All Boundaries features dazzling effects, CGI animation, multilayered environments, and first-person accounts from the trenches to the Home Front read by Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire, Gary Sinise, Patricia Clarkson, Wendell Pierce, and more.
The American Sector Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy victory with every bite with our victory garden-to-table menu for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Open Sunday–Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hall of Democracy
The Hall of Democracy represents the center of the Museum’s expanding educational outreach initiatives—providing a space that will enable the institution to share its collections, oral histories, research, and expertise with audiences across the world.
The special exhibit Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II, on view in the Hall of Democracy’s Senator John Alario, Jr. Special Exhibition Hall from March 5 to January 3, 2021, and curated by the Museum’s James Linn, tells the story of the 23rd and their deception operations across Europe through featured artifacts such as artwork, uniforms, an inflatable tank, and more.
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
Stand beside ground-level tanks and trucks to view WWII airplanes—or brave sky-high catwalks for an up-close look. Exhibits describe the history and production of war machines and honor service in every branch of the military.
From the assembly lines of the Home Front to the skies over Germany and Japan, US-made aircraft symbolized the might of the American people working together for victory. US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center displays a number of these iconic planes restored to their wartime glory.
From the iconic Jeep to the ubiquitous Sherman, Allied forces depended upon the vehicles that American assembly lines produced. The Vehicles of War exhibit focuses on the equipment that was an integral part of daily life in World War II—often making the difference between life and death for the troops they served.
The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center
The official Hotel of The National WWII Museum, this stunning art-deco style property offers first-class accommodations, meeting spaces, and dining options providing a sophisticated lodging experience for guests.
John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion
Get an up-close view at some of the Museum's extensive collection of macro-artifacts, and learn how STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) helped solve some of World War II's toughest problems.
Take a break from touring in the peaceful setting of Founders Plaza, at the center of the Museum's campus.
Bollinger Canopy of Peace: Coming Soon
Set to stand 150 feet tall, the Canopy will unify the Museum's diverse campus and establish the Museum as a fixture on the New Orleans skyline.
Liberation Pavilion: Coming 2021
Following their immersive journey through the war, visitors to The National WWII Museum will enter the Liberation Pavilion. Three building levels will explore the closing months of the war and immediate postwar years, concluding with an explanation of links to our lives today.